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The List

by Hazel Hutchins, Maria Lieshout, Maria van Lieshout
     
 

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A little princess makes the greatest of gifts from the simplest of lists.

When a neighboring kingdom announces the birth of a royal baby, the Queen of Iddison is thrilled. "We shall bring the child splendid gifts," she declares, and then makes a long list of treasures to collect on the way. She smiles as her daughter, little Princess Cassidy, makes a

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A little princess makes the greatest of gifts from the simplest of lists.

When a neighboring kingdom announces the birth of a royal baby, the Queen of Iddison is thrilled. "We shall bring the child splendid gifts," she declares, and then makes a long list of treasures to collect on the way. She smiles as her daughter, little Princess Cassidy, makes a list, too.

On the voyage, the Queen checks her list as the royal caravan gathers gems from mountain mines and beasts from deep jungles. Princess Cassidy also checks her list, but collects nothing.

At last, the royal caravan arrives laden with riches. But it is only the gifts from Cassidy's list that make the baby smile its first smile. And the Queen smiles too when she reads it: two kisses (X X) and one hug (0).

The List is a poignant tale from a gifted storyteller, full of whimsically charming artwork and heartwarming truth.

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Best Books for Kids & Teeens 2008 - The Canadian Children's Book Centre
This tale of heartwarming truth features whimsically charming watercolour artwork.
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
When a baby is born to the neighboring kingdom, the Queen of Iddison plans to travel there to help them celebrate. She begins a list of the splendid gifts to bring and of the necessary places to pack the marvels they will pick up along the way. Little Princess Cassidy, who can barely print her name, makes a list of her own, to everyone's amusement. All along on the difficult journey, they add valuable and wonderful items. Cassidy simple checks her list and smiles. When they arrive, each gift is received and praised. "What more could any baby want?" asks a nursemaid. But it is only when Cassidy gives her special gift that the baby gives her first smile. Vibrant ink line and casually applied transparent watercolors create the myriad objects being collected and depict the various people involved in the collecting. The queen demands attention as a dramatic character in impressive outfits orchestrating the action. And of course the moral of the story is a heart-warming one.
Best Books for Kids & Teeens 2008
This tale of heartwarming truth features whimsically charming watercolour artwork.
— The Canadian Children's Book Centre

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554510634
Publisher:
Annick Press, Limited
Publication date:
02/16/2007
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Hazel Hutchins has written more than 25 books for children and has won numerous awards, including Parenting magazine's Reading Magic Award. She lives in Canmore, Alberta.

Maria van Lieshout has illustrated two books published in the Netherlands. The List is her North American picture book debut. She lives in San Francisco.

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